In the United States governments latest attempt to kowtow to Mexico, they have rolled out their plan to open our highways to Mexican trucks. The next sound you hear will be the rumble of thousands of Mexican trucks streaming across our southern border. The U.S. Government has agreed to allow 100 Mexican trucking companies to send trucks on the highways and byways of America.
The Department of Transportation announced their pilot program recently and it has raised serious concerns from Members of Congress on both sides of the isle. I, for one, have little confidence in Mexico to follow our letter of law. Their reputation for doing so is not too good. Presently, Mexican trucks may only go 20 miles inside the U.S. border. Under this year-long pilot program, 100 Mexican companies will have unlimited access to haul international cargo throughout the United States. What does the United States get out of it? Not much. American trucking companies will later, supposedly, be allowed to operate in Mexico. There is no guarantee of this, however. As of now their government doesnt allow American trucks in their country.
The U.S. Government says they will inspect the trucks for safety and inspect the drivers as well. The have hired additional inspectors to implement this plan, at the taxpayers expense of course. There are already 6,000 trucks a day crossing in each direction just between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; and only a fraction of these are inspected. With Laredo being the largest point of entry from Mexico, Texas will bare the brunt of this ill-advised new plan.
It is impossible and unrealistic to believe that we can inspect each and every Mexican truck for safety. The dangerous part is there is no telling what could be in them, whether it is legitimate cargo, contaminated food, narcotics or humans. Not to mention, Mexican trucks are not up to the standards of the U.S. trucking industry. The Department of Transportation also contends that Mexican trucks will have to meet all U.S. safety and transportation standards. The regulations require all Mexican truck drivers to hold a valid commercial drivers license, carry proof they are medically fit, comply with all U.S. hours-of-service rules and be able to understand questions and directions in English. Now there are some obvious problems with this plan. First, we dont have enough people to inspect our own drivers. Second, with over 100 companies having free reign to come and go across our borders there is no way to ensure these regulations are met and maintain the security of our country. This sounds good for Mexico not so good for the US. Now we are going to have thousands of polluting, overweight, Mexican trucks that are mechanical nightmares, being driven by individuals that may not be able to read a street sign on our highways.
Once again, our government seems to be more concerned about Mexico than it is about our nation, our highways or our people. Our federal government wants to give out blanket amnesty to all those illegally in our country, our banks are blatantly targeting the illegal cash economy, our Justice Department prosecutes border agents over illegals committing crimes in our country, and now our Transportation Department has opened our borders to untold trouble. It is time our government starts doing what is best for the United States and stop working for Mexico.